Friday, June 17, 2016

This and That in the Farmy Life

Adam planted hundreds of sunflowers to feed chickens, and they're blooming now. He took this photo last week sometime.
The big project right now is a solar dehydrator. Adam's been researching these for a long time, and it's part of his long-range farm plan. Dehydration is his way of storing and keeping excess produce that we can't eat or sell immediately. Eventually he hopes to grow mushrooms and dry them. It'll be good for drying tomatoes, squash, zucchini, fruit.

 Paint choice on the left.

This is what he'd finished after working on it all day yesterday in the heat. He sweated out two sets of clothes, and he utterly wore out his sore leg. It's kinda cool looking, yes?
The back of it will open to receive trays of food. The front, that looks like a kiddie slide, will have a glass panel to collect solar heat. It will have vents to produce air flow.

He bought more fencing to strengthen some of our chicken yard fencing. The chickens are doing great, and they love their yard and coop, but we want more than just regular chicken wire between them and Ned :)
Adam still hopes to get strings on our green beans.
Don't they look pitiful? They were being eaten by a little beetle, but I bought some diatomaceous earth, put it in the soil and on the leaves, and they seem to be on the mend now.
Today, however, Adam is in the house with his foot elevated. He really overdid it yesterday, and the mowing and the green beans and the dehydrator will just have to wait!!

So. What's happening on the farm today? Nuthin!!


  1. We can so easily overwork ourselves and then we need to rest.

    Bless your hearts ~ FlowerLady

  2. Ingenious! The heat rises inside that little kiddie slide and flows over the trays of veggies/fruits! So neat! Pace yourself, Adam. This is a marathon, not a sprint. ;)

  3. Nuthin' is not ever happenin' on a farm. All those plants just keep on growing every minute, whether you are there to watch and tend or not!

    I love that dehydrator idea. Wonderful, wonderful, what your husband is finally able to do now that he has that plot of land.

  4. I guess the beetle enjoyed his dinner.
    Love the sunflower. Mine have a long way to go before blooming, they are just about 6 inches high so far.

  5. Looks like you've got major dehydrating projects ahead! I love your sunflowers.

  6. I am so happy to hear you are using the solar power for your dehydrator (well, when it is finished!) x


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